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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Durable mesh with an open construction provides breathable coverage.
  • The NAV BAND is an elastic unit in the mid-foot that supports the arch and provides a secure fit.
  • The anatomic last provides the runner with a glove-like fit that’s easy to acclimate into.
  • Runners welcomed the BioMoGo DNA technology, which delivered customized underfoot cushioning.
  • The big toe area of the sole unit has been split to accommodate a more efficient toe-off.
  • Durable rubber covers the contact points of the outsole, shielding them from wear and tear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noted that it was a bit narrower than the previous model.
  • The traditional tongue design has been employed here, and it rubbed against the skin uncomfortably for others.

Bottom line

The Brooks PureCadence 4 is a lightweight running shoe that’s meant to deliver a form-fitting coverage to the runner. It’s also flexible, so the natural running performance of the wearer is afforded freedom. Neutral runners and those who need mild mid-foot support are going to appreciate it.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 29 ratings

5 star
66%
4 star
14%
3 star
7%
2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

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75 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The tongue moves around a lot, which also needs some breaking in.

  • 55 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt Klein • Level 4 expert

    My only complaint is that the laces are a bit short. Other than that I have to give Brooks major props to the updates to the Purecadence 4's upper.

  • 96 / 100 by Running Haven • Michael Lucas • Level 1 expert

    Great for heel strikers, forefoot-foot landers, and everyone in between, Brooks nails it with this update!

  • 90 / 100 by Run And Become • Nandanti Martaskova • Level 1 expert

    With the Cadence 4 the transition was very easy and quick and they suited my feet completely from the beginning.

  • 75 / 100 by The Runner Dad • Matt Orlando • Level 1 expert

    They do not seem to provide the same tight grip on the treadmill surface that my heavier training shoes do, but they still provide a very smooth ride.

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Updates to Brooks PureCadence 4

  • The 4th version of the Brooks PureCadence is created to keep the foot running freely while also balancing it and preventing it from succumbing to discomfort and disarray. A form-fitting cover system makes sure to keep it protected at all times. The mid-foot area has an elastic band that supports the curve of the arch. The runner gets a connected feeling that feels as if they’re one with the shoe.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that’s durable and secure. It is able to accommodate airflow, keeping the interior cool and dry at all times, which is helpful when it comes to tackling long-term running sessions. The overlay system is fused directly to the fabric, providing a secure fit while maintaining a lightweight frame.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Brooks PureCadence 4 uses the BioMoGo DNA foam, which is created using biodegradable materials. It’s durable, though, so it stays efficient even after many uses. The foam mimics the contours of the underfoot, essentially providing contoured support to the wearer. The IDEAL HEEL design reduces pressure during the striking phase of the gait cycle.
  • The big toe of the sole unit has been separated from the rest, which gives the runner more capability to flex their feet and gain balance naturally. The toe-off becomes more enabled, as well, because the platform is also very flexible. Durable rubber covers the contact points of the sole unit, protecting them from abrasion.

Brooks PureCadence 4 size and fit

The Brooks PureCadence 4 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot, thus allowing the runner to acclimate well to it when wearing it.


Outsole

Durable rubber covers the sections of the sole unit that serve as contact points to the ground. It protects them from the potentially harmful effects of continued use and surface friction. It also provides reliable traction for better surface control.

Flex grooves allow the runner to be more flexible. The toe-off benefits from this the most because it is where the foot bends the most.

The TOE FLEX sole unit uses an isolated big toe area, which encourage natural foot stability, as well as efficiency during the toe off.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit uses the BioMoGo DNA, which is the compaction of two technologies that work to provide comfort, protection and support to the foot. It is made from biodegradable materials, which is great for the environment-conscious runners. It follows the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, providing it with contoured support that lasts.

The IDEAL HEEL design uses an inverted heel construction, which reduces stress and pressure during the foot strike. It essentially makes the landings less taxing to the foot.


Upper

Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Brooks PureCadence 4. It’s comfortable and secure. Its open construction allows the foot to feel the air as it enters the interior to keep it cool and dry.

A glove-like feel can be appreciated due to its seamless construction, and it enables the wearer to use this shoe even without donning socks.

The NAV BAND is an elastic unit placed in the mid-foot area. It keeps the foot in place by wrapping around it in a snug manner. It also lifts the upper fabric in order to include the arch when it secures the foot.

The overlays are fused directly to the upper fabric. It doesn’t add any weight or limit the natural movement of the runner.